Takeout-Style Sesame Noodles With Cucumber

These light, chilled noodles are an ideal light summer lunch or dinner
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You can make these noodles in less time than it takes to order takeout.

This recipe is courtesy of Smitten Kitchen.

4
Servings
824
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 3/4 Pounds dried rice noodles
  • 2 Tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Chinese sesame paste or tahini
  • 1 Tablespoon smooth peanut butter
  • 3 1/2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Chinese rice vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated or brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon finely grated ginger
  • 2 Teaspoons minced garlic
  • Chili-garlic paste, to taste
  • 1/2 Pound cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 Cup roasted salted peanuts, roughly chopped
  • Handful chopped fresh herbs, such as mint and cilantro, for garnish

Directions

Cook noodles according to packet instructions. Rinse with cold water to cool. Drain well. Drizzle with a tiny splash of toasted sesame oil to keep them from sticking.

Whisk sesame paste and peanut butter in a small bowl. Whisk in soy sauce, rice vinegar, remaining sesame oil, sugar, ginger, garlic, and chile-garlic paste until smooth. Adjust flavors to taste.

Toss sauce with cold noodles. Serve topped with cucumber, peanuts, and herbs.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
40g
57%
Sugar
4g
4%
Saturated Fat
11g
46%
Cholesterol
42mg
14%
Carbohydrate, by difference
93g
72%
Protein
27g
59%
Vitamin B-12
2µg
83%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
3mg
4%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
3µg
3%
Calcium, Ca
95mg
10%
Choline, total
62mg
15%
Copper, Cu
1mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
3g
12%
Folate, total
70µg
18%
Iron, Fe
5mg
28%
Magnesium, Mg
220mg
69%
Manganese, Mn
5mg
100%
Niacin
13mg
93%
Pantothenic acid
2mg
40%
Phosphorus, P
645mg
92%
Selenium, Se
44µg
80%
Sodium, Na
934mg
62%
Water
51g
2%
Zinc, Zn
6mg
75%

Sesame Shopping Tip

Staples of Asian cuisine such as ginger, daikon, rice vinegar, and spicy chile sauces like Sriracha add bright, fresh flavors without lots of fuss.

Sesame Cooking Tip

Sriracha has good heat but also has flavor - its mild sweetness comes from sun-ripened chile peppers as well as sugar and garlic.